Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul showed some rare maturity for one so young on Monday night, when he didn’t react too much to the taunts put out by his Dutch team mate, Robin van Persie.
Tim Krul and Robin van Persie - and these are team mates?
The Arsenal captain was so intent on riling up Krul throughout the game, that we thought there must have been some past problems between the two Dutch stars.
And Robin was challenging Tim with his drop kicks from the very beginning of the game, so this time wasting excuse is a bit hard to take.
Tim Krul has has made a conciliatory statement in the Times, and has tried to tamp down the controversy.
This is some of what Tim said in the Times today:
“I was disappointed with the incident involving Robin,” “We are both professional sportsmen and what happens on the pitch stays on the pitch.”
“We are playing in arguably the best and toughest league in the world and things like this happen.” ”There is only one thing on my mind during a game and that is to win.”
Holland team manager Bert van Marwijk has said he has no concerns that the two players’ animosity towards each other will spread to the rest of the squad, but it does raise some questions about the Holland sqyad = with these two lads being part of the World Cup Final runner up.
Van Persie’s reasons for his bizarre behavior is that he was incensed with Krul for wasting time, but he was challenging Tim from the very first minute of the game.
Well these things happen we suppose, but it’s not a good thing, and the less we see of this stuff in the future - the better it will be.